Big weddings are back in season as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Wedding locations, caterers and photographers are celebrating a comeback after a particularly undemanding year.
After a long period of isolation, wedding guests are now more ready than ever to perform.
Carmen Bush, owner and coordinator of the Bush House Estate in Muncy, is no stranger to large weddings, with a nine-acre outdoor venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests. With indoor weddings restricted, Bush stated that the property will continue with outdoor events. Several wedding parties originally intended for indoor weddings moved their ceremonies to the Bush House Estate due to the availability of outdoor space.
With outdoor weddings providing more space for new weddings, the property has a busy year ahead of it.
“This is a busy year. … I have a few vacancies in July and August. “ said Bush.
Additionally, the venue has a 6,000-square-foot home with rooms suitable for smaller, more private gatherings.
With the promising year ahead, some wedding specialists are expanding their services. Caterer Chef Richard “Hosch” Hoschar, owner of The Carriage House by Chef Hosch & Ann Catering Inc., has open availability of space. Together with a flexible catering service, head chef Hosch explained that the two-story coach house is the perfect place for an intimate event.
“You design the menu. … Everyone can choose what they want. … tell me what you want, we will make it fit, “ Hoschar said
With many wedding parties in the midst of the pandemic deciding to limit their guest lists, Hoschar explained that they could deal with smaller events. “Only about 2 canceled, the rest just postponed to other dates. … Most of them have shrunk to smaller rooms, smaller groups. “
“The property is surprisingly private and peaceful … because of the trees and landscaping. Something is always in bloom “, She said. “People keep using the word character about property. It’s very unique. “
“People downsized last year. In a normal year, people would invite 150 people. Now people are tired of being in the house, the response rate is much higher. Weddings are much bigger “, said Janet Jackson, owner of Eat & Run Catering in Williamsport.
In addition to new bookings, wedding specialists are now also making up for postponed events.
“We are very busy. … We have calls every day for all kinds of events. … We have several weddings every week. A lot of people moved from last year to this year, along with new people (booking). … My best advice is that if you are getting married in the next two years, you should book your caterer early. “
Tiadaghton Farm, a wedding location on Jersey Shore, was able to hold a few weddings last year due to its spacious outdoor area. With some wedding parties wanting to reschedule their dates, the coming year is particularly busy for the venue.
“We can hold any weddings that should take place last year. … We have more weddings this year than in the past. “ said Michele Rozenberg, owner of Tiadaghton Farm.
“Last year we had people who continued their weddings. … We have a lot of outdoor space. That helped people spread. … We are on our 50-acre farm. We have a large area where people can spread out and enjoy. “
Another partially outdoor venue suitable for large outdoor events is 1900 Red Barn in Lock Haven. The spacious, rustic barn from 1900 offers space for up to 250 guests. Owners Jeff and Christina Frank are preparing for the upcoming wedding season.
“We have some activities for next year. … Last summer, who knew what was going to happen. “ said Jeff Frank.
At some of the summer openings, Frank stated that tenants have a full week to have the venue to themselves.
“We have one event a week so guests can focus on their experience. … You have it from Tuesday morning to Sunday evening. “
Wedding photographers equally feel the heat with the recent shooting of ceremonies. Alexis Wolfe, owner of Alexis Brooke Photography in Williamsport, is one of the many local photographers on the move again.
“I would say things are normal. … It’s just gone. When you have a year off, try to get back on track with lightning speed. “
Offering advice to potential couples, Wolfe said: “Book earlier than you think. The good photographers are usually booked well in advance. “
Similarly, Amanda Steinbacher, owner of Amanda Steinbacher Photography at Williamsport, shared how she and other photographers have been doing despite the setbacks during the pandemic. “I have a feeling that there have been couples who threw away their ideas and visions from their wedding and had an elopement-style wedding.” She said.
“In the industry, the couples who had to postpone their dates were postponed to 2021 or 2022. Wedding providers had already booked events for these times, so photographers are feeling the pressure. “
“I’m fully booked for this year. Next year (2022) I have a few vacancies. “
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